commencement 2014Bradford Christian Academy will hold its 7th Commencement Ceremonies honoring the class of 2014 on May 31, 2014 at 11:00 am at First Church of Christ, 10 Church Street, Bradford, MA.

Our commencement address will be delivered by Rev. John Grothjan, Associate Pastor of Youth and Families at North Shore Community Baptist Church in Beverly Farms. Rev. Grothjan has devoted his career to working with middle and high school students and their parents. He served as Area Director for Young Life in Hamilton, MA between 2002 and 2010, growing the existing Young Life program for high school students. Rev. Grothjan also launched Young Life’s middle school program called “Wyldlife,” building it to 100 regular participants. Rev. Grothjan is particularly interested in supporting parents as they disciple their kids, and developing programs and resources that support this effort along the way.

We look forward to hearing him address the Class of 2014.

carwashThe Senior Class is holding a fundraising Car Wash on Sunday, April 27th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at the New Life Christian, Assembly of God Church at 966 Main Street, Haverhill.

Please come support the Class of 2014 and get your car sparkling clean!

Guys and DollsBeginning on April 28th, the week we return from vacation, the FULL CAST should plan on rehearsing Monday – Thursday from 3:20 – 5:30 pm in the Fine Arts Center of Northpoint Bible College for the next several weeks leading up to the performances on May 22-24.

Enjoy your April vacation & get ready to hit the stage when you get back to school!



spring concert

Please join us on Thursday, May 1st at 7:00 pm for our Spring Concert & Fine Arts Festival! This event will showcase visual arts as well as our music program. The concert will take place at First Church of Christ, 10 Church Street, Bradford.

Please see below for important information regarding concert arrival times and dress code.

Elementary Students (grades 1-4): On the night of the concert, please arrive at the church at 6:45 pm, and report directly to Mrs. Balentine. Immediately after their performance, elementary students are asked to sit with their parents for the remainder of the concert.

Middle & High School Students: On the night of the concert, please arrive at the church by 6:30 pm.

Dress code for all elementary and middle school students is dress pants, button down shirt, and tie for males; dresses or skirts for females. Dress code for high school students has been discussed with them by Mrs. Burgess and Mr. Stolar.

bca-soccerBCA has openings for both a high school Boys’ Varsity and a Girls’ Varsity Soccer coach. Interested candidates should contact Troy Gabriele at the high school at 978-373-7960 or at

Boys’ Varsity Soccer Coach Job Description

Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach Job Description

MinSuh duckBradford is very proud to announce that five of our students won awards with their artwork in the 2014 Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp Program! Over 445 students from across the state participated in this program.

Bradford junior, Min Suh, was awarded Third Place in the Group IV (grades 10-12) division. Her artwork is pictured here.

In addition, four of our middle school students, Lydia, Rebecca, Mikayla, and Hannah, were awarded Honorable Mentions in the Group III (grades 7-9) division. To learn more about the Junior Duck Stamp Contest, please click here.

Congratulations to all of our students who participated in this program!


promThe BCA High School Prom will be held on Saturday, May 3rd at the Atkinson Country Club at 85 Country Club Drive, Atkinson, NH.  The prom will be held in the Tuscan Room from 6:30 – 11:00 pm.

There will be different food stations to accommodate a variety of food preferences for our students.  There will be a pasta station, as well as crudité platters of cheese and crackers and vegetables, and a chocolate fondue for dessert.

Students will meet at the Atkinson Common (on Route 121) between 5:15 – 6:15 pm for pictures, and parents are welcome to come and take pictures of their students.  However, we do ask that parents do not accompany their students into the Country Club for pictures as there will be other functions going on during that time.

The deadline for tickets and the turning in of permission slips is Thursday, May 1st, and the cost of tickets is $60.  No tickets will be sold beyond the May 1st deadline, as a headcount must be submitted to the Atkinson Country Club by this date. Please click here for the permission slip.

Chaperones are Mr. and Mrs. Gilford, Mr. and Mrs. Sweeney, Mr. and Mrs. Osterloh.

Please remember to follow the dress guidelines: tasteful and modest without plunging necklines (no more than 4 inches below the collarbone) or backs. Hemlines or slits must be no higher than a hand-width above the knee. Strapless gowns are permissible; however, the back must be the same height as the front.  Students who wear gowns that do not meet this criteria could be asked to wear an additional sweater, shawl, or leggings. Boys may wear suit and tie or a tuxedo.

In addition, NO outside water bottles or beverages will be allowed into prom.  Also, only small clutch purses will be allowed.   BCA also reserves the right to search any personal property.

yearbookIt’s that time already! Yearbook Time!

Lower school yearbooks need to be ordered now! All Lower School yearbooks will be ordered online. Please use this link to connect to the website . There are three different choices for this yearbook: hardcover ($30), softcover ($20), or an eBook ($10). As an added bonus, Lower School yearbooks can be personalized by each student! Students have the ability to upload their own photos and memories in the last 4 pages of the book for FREE!

If you would like to personalize your Lower School book, you must do that before pre-ordering it. Just click the “Personalize” button on the ordering website. Again, you may click here to personalize and then pre-order your Lower School yearbook. Lower School yearbooks must be ordered by May 9th.

Order your yearbook today!

electronics-recycling1On Saturday, April 12th, the 8th Grade La Vida students will host a recycling fundraiser at the Lower School from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.   This is a great time to start spring cleaning and rid your home of electronics and junk!

The cost is $25.00 per car load. For more information on acceptable items, please click here.

peter vantineOn Friday, May 9th at 7:00 pm, the BCA Performing Arts Program will host a benefit concert to raise funds for our Music & Performing Arts program. This concert will feature prominent North Shore Christian artists as well as our own talented musicians from BCA!

Artists include:

  • PETER VANTINE, Pastor of Music and Administration, Middleton Congregational Church and winner of the 2001 Turner Classic Movies Young Composers Competition
  • ERIC LINDAHL, Worship Pastor, West Congregational Church, Director of The Choral Majority and founder of The Blue Window Arts Group
  • RYAN PHELPS, Associate Pastor and music minister, GracePoint Community Church
  • MARK BISHOP-EVANS, Worship Leader, Centerpoint Community Church
  • THOM STOLAR, Instrumental Music Teacher, BCA

The concert will be held at West Congregational Church, 767 Broadway in Haverhill. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased online by clicking here. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $14.

Please spread the word, bring your family and friends, and join us for this very special night of music for a very good cause!

Guys and DollsCongratulations to all cast members! We were so impressed by your energy, talent, and commitment–we’re going to have an amazing show!

Next week’s rehearsal schedule:

Monday, April 7: Full cast–continue ensemble vocals

Tuesday, April 8: Full cast–continue ensemble vocals

Wednesday, April 9: Hot Box dancers, Mimi, and Adelaide–continue “Bushel and a Peck”; Mission Band, Sarah, Crapshooters–begin blocking scene 1

Thursday, April 10: Crapshooters only—begin blocking “Fugue for Tinhorns” in Mr. Burgess’ classroom at Hasseltine Hall (3rd floor)


Guys and Dolls Cast List

(In order of appearance)

Nicely-Nicely: Stephen Munley                       His Doll: Ally Smeltzer

Benny Southstreet: Nathan Burgett               His Doll: Mariah Panza

Rusty Charlie: Jesse Bowman                            His Doll: Ashleigh DeMaris

Angie the Ox: Roger Balcom                              His Doll: Lindsay Steranko

Liver Lips Louie: Josiah Milham                      His Doll: Mikayla Grasso

Society Max: Sam Cottrell                                  His Doll: Brooklyn Panza

Fast Hands Freddy: Devon White                   His Doll: Mykayla Munley

Pin-Head Larry: Nate Shellene                        His Doll: Victoria Squire

Sarah Brown: Angela Balcom

Sister Abigail Abernathy: Alexis Rheinauer

Mission Band: Bethany Barnhill, Kat Gilleo, Helen LaCourse, Hannah O’Connor Spicer, Olivia DiPietro, Lauren Maranville, Madeline LaCourse, Miriam Shwartzentruber, Jennifer Lynch, Jessie Potter, Shelby Kennedy

Harry the Horse: Sam Velasquez

Lt. Sheila Brannigan: Amanda Barnhill

Nathan Detroit: Vinnie Cantone

Miss Adelaide: Katrina Thibeault (Thus/Sat), Alex Gilford (Fri/Sat day)

Sky Masterson: Uno Servida

Mimi: Kristie Bucchianeri

Hot Box Girls: Cassandra Thibeault, Victoria Milham, Rebecca Mulley, Hannah Smith, Kathleen Skafas, Mikayla Skafas, Jordana Pacheco, Sara Moreno, Victoria Ohlson, Julia Gaiero, Hope Shellene

General Cecil Bouvier Cartwright: Wesley Preston

Big Jule: Marcus Villafane



field dayfield dayfield dayfield dayfield_day_logoOn Friday, April 11th, middle school students will participate in Field Day from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm. The rain date for Field Day will be on Thursday, April 17th.

More details will be sent home next Wednesday.

allison balentineOn March 27th, our own Allison Balentine, Lower School music teacher, was honored as a recipient of the Asset Builders Award presented by Newburyport Youth Services. Mrs. Balentine received this award because of her work with 4th and 5th graders in Newburyport where she co-directs a 45 voice children’s chorus and directs a 75 student drama production.

This award recognizes individuals and organizations who build positive youth assets in the community. Awards are chosen in the eight categories of youth assets: support,empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, positive values, positive identity, commitment to learning, and social competencies.

Congratulations, Mrs. Balentine!

soccerInterested in playing spring soccer?

A local high school soccer league is looking for more students to play on their team. Students–both boys and girls–who are interested in learning more should see Mrs. Stevens for further information and details.

parent_connection2The Parent Connection is inviting parents to join them for coffee at Mann Orchards in Methuen on Monday, April 7th from 8:30 – 9:30 am. This informal gathering is a great opportunity to connect with other parents and hear about the Parent Connection–especially for those parents unable to attend the evening meetings.

We hope to see you at this event!